Pe-2-205

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Pe-2-205 Peshka
pe-2-205.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.7/4.0/3.7BR
3 peopleCrew
6.4 tEmpty weight
8.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 800 mCeiling
sec27.0/27.0/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Klimov VK-105PFEngine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 1
150 roundsAmmunition
1 026 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
450 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
200 roundsAmmunition
1 027 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
230 roundsAmmunition
1 027 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun2 х Turret
225 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 1
2 х 250 kg FAB-250M43 bomb
4 х 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
Setup 2
4 х 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 3
2 х 500 kg FAB-500 (welded) bombSetup 4
10 х RS-132 rocketsSetup 5
10 х RBS-132 rocketsSetup 6
Economy
Sl icon.png1 480/2 097/1 660Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
120 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.36 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Pe-2-205. For other uses, see Pe-2 (Disambiguation)

Description


The Pe-2-205 Peshka is a Rank III gift Russian dive bomber with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/SB) and 4.0 (RB). This aircraft was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29. Unfortunately, this vehicle is currently unavailable to players who want to purchase it. It was taken off the Gaijin store after the Clearance sale in November 2016. It has since become hidden from the store.

The Pe-2 (or "Peshka", as it was nicknamed) is one of the fastest bombers in its battle rating range. It relies on its speed and outstanding manoeuvrability (for a bomber) to evade interception. While its defensive armament is acceptable, it should only rely on its gunners as a last resort. The 12.7 mm UBT heavy machine guns covering the rear can be quite effective, but the waist 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns are not very useful.

The Pe-2 is only capable of carrying up to 1,000 kg of bombs, and even then only externally, which will noticeably cut performance. However, it is also the only bomber in its battle rating that can equip rockets like the RS-132 and semi-armour piercing RBS-132. The RS-132 with fuse set to air-burst can be surprisingly effective against bombers with good aim. The RBS-132 is more effective against tanks in Realistic Battles. It is also equipped with two fixed forward-firing machine guns (12.7 mm UB and 7.62 mm ShKAS), although these have relatively limited utility other than strafing light targets.

As a dive bomber, the aircraft is equipped with dive brakes to control the acceleration during dive attacks. However, the Pe-2 also has a level bomb sight, which allows it to bomb from altitude with decent accuracy.

Cockpit with translated gauges.

The Petlyakov Pe-2 is a versatile high-speed tactical level and dive bomber. It has very good performance and maneuverability for a twin-engine bomber, attained at the expense of the payload. It excels at surgical strikes against small targets like pillboxes and tanks. The Pe-2 can also be used as a level bomber against stationary targets, although the small payload makes it less efficient than heavier bombers like the Heinkel He 111 series.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,700 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
507 493 8,800 28.4 29.8 10.6 10.5 326
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,700 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
539 524 8,800 25.8 27.0 15.1 12.8 326

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
740 450  ??? ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 380 < 380 < 440 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
700 m 2,520 hp  ?,??? hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,700 m 2,360 hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 13.5 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
  • 8 mm Steel plate in front of dorsal gunner
  • 8 mm Steel plate in front of ventral gunner
  • Several fuel tanks located in wings near

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Pe-2-205 is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose mounted (150 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, nose mounted (450 rpg)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Pe-2-205 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 6 x 100 kg bombs (600 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg bombs + 4 x 100 kg bombs (900 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 10 x 132 mm rockets

Defensive armament

The Pe-2-205 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, dorsal turret (200 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB Machine Gun, ventral Turret (200 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, 2 x beam turret (225 rpg = 450 total)

Usage in the battles

The Peshka offers many options in combat depending on the load out. As a dive bomber, the Pe-2 can use its high diving speed to quickly strike at some targets from high altitude, building up enough speed in the dive to evade interception and return to friendly airspace. The Pe-2 can also perform as a level bomber if there are too many enemies at low altitude to safely dive-bomb, although the small payload is not efficient against bases. The 500 kg FAB-500 bomb is the most effective bomb against bases and pillboxes from high altitude. Finally, the Pe-2 can equip RS-132 rockets with air-burst fuses and utilize them against enemy bombers, thanks to its high performance and bomber altitude spawn. The RBS-132 rockets are most effective in Ground Realistic Battles due to the better-modeled damage mechanics against tanks there.

X-Ray view of the Peshka's modules. Note the very big fuel tanks placed all over the plane.

As with any bomber, the defensive guns on the Pe-2 are a last resort, and should not be relied upon to consistently fend off enemies. Its high performance and maneuverability are its best defense.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Turret 7 mm Offensive 7 mm DZ-40
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) New 7 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 12 mm Offensive 12 mm RO-132
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) New 12 mm MGS

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fixed forward-firing machine guns
  • Outstanding performance and maneuverability (especially roll rate) for a bomber
  • Can equip rockets
  • Has a bombsight and dive brakes, allowing it to act as a level or dive bomber

Cons:

  • Machine guns are insufficient for any ground target heavier than an armored car
  • Large fuel tank in the midsection makes it vulnerable to fires
  • Small internal payload, and must carry the heaviest payloads externally
  • Defensive armament is average at best

History

Two Peshkas flying in formation. Likely to be two more out of picture and therefore part of a flight of Pe-2s.

Originally, the Petlyakov Pe-2 was not supposed to be a bomber at all. Its direct predecessor, designated VI-100, was designed by a prison design bureau team led by Vladimir Petlyakov as a high-altitude escort fighter. The VI-100 was very modern for its time, featuring a pressurized two-seat cockpit, electrically actuated systems and all-metal construction, and was powered by two supercharged Klimov M-105 V-12 inline engines producing 1100 horsepower each. The prototype was completed in 1939 and during its first test flight on 7th May 1939 it reached a top speed of 627.6 kph (390 mph) – an astounding performance for its time. The results of flight tests were so promising that the VI-100 was ordered into production.

However, Germany launched the “Blitzkrieg“ campaign in September 1939. Aside from their revolutionary usage of tanks, the campaign in Poland featured notable usage of Ju 87 dive bombers and showed their potential. Consequently, the Soviet authorities ordered the VI-100 to be redesigned as a dive bomber. Pressurization equipment and engine superchargers were removed, dive brakes were installed under the wings and the bombardier position was added to the nose of the aircraft(raising the number of crew members to three). A ventral bomb bay was added along with the two smaller bomb positions located at the rear of engine nacelles. Two rear-facing turrets, each armed by a single ShKAS machine gun, were installed to dorsal and ventral positions. Resulting aircraft, able to carry up to 1600 kg / 3520 lbs of bombs, was designated PB-100. The first prototype flew on 15th December 1940 and its performance (top speed of 540.7 kph/336 mph) was so good that Vladimir Petlyakov was released and the aircraft was named after him, thus receiving the designation Petlyakov Pe-2. The bomber was then rushed into serial production and deliveries to combat units began in the spring of 1941. The deliveries were, however, slow and by the time of the German invasion in June 1941, only about 458 Pe-2’s were delivered.

The Pe-2, nicknamed Peshka ("Pawn") by its crews, quickly proved itself to be an effective dive bomber and together with the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik attacker, it became the most important offensive weapon of the Soviet Army Air Force. The bomber was fast and agile enough to be an elusive target for German fighters and also proved its versatility – it was used for reconnaissance and artillery spotting and also became the basis for the Pe-3 heavy fighter. Losses were heavy, however. Crews often complained about a lack of armour protection for the cockpit and fuel tanks as well as poor defensive armament and unreliable dive brakes, which sometimes failed to retract and allowed top speeds of only around 300 kph (186.4 mph), making the fast bomber easy prey.

Media

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Read also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

Obtainable events

The Pe-2-205 Peshka was made available on the store in the "Peshka starter kit" since [28 September 2012], however it was removed in the November 2016 clearance sale, making the vehicle unobtainable at the time being.

Sources

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • page on aircraft encyclopedia;
  • other literature.


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